Great Britain women at BBC Sports Personality of the Year

GB women at the SPOTY awards

Great Britain’s Women’s Hockey Team were out in force at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.  

The team scooped a dramatic gold medal in front of a TV audience of millions at the Rio Olympics. Danny Kerry’s side captured the hearts and minds of the nation with their tenacity, their never-say-die attitude, their immense skill and their coolness under pressure. There were crossed fingers all around the hockey family as the Great Britain women went head to head in what proved to be a very competitive category, the Team of the Year. The contenders were Leicester City, Team GB, Wales football team and England rugby union team. Kate Richardson-Walsh and the team received a rapturous ovation but the award went to Leicester City after their incredible 5000-1 Premier Division triumph.

KRW SPOTY Contender

That wasn’t the only award with a hockey interest as Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh became the first hockey player ever to be nominated for the main BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

“It’s a tremendous honour. We’re so blessed in this country to have so many phenomenal athletes, and we’re good at so many sports. To be here representing the squad of 31 amazing ladies and the hockey family, to be on this stage is a very proud moment.” said an emotional Richardson-Walsh to presenter Gabby Logan.

As is always the case with the captain, she hailed her team mates for their part in the recognition England and Great Britain’s most capped female international has received:  

“This squad mean everything to me. I don’t think I can stop myself from crying! They are everything my inspiration; my rocks. They see me at my best and my worst and have got me through both. It’s all about the squad for that reason.”

krw on the BBC

"To see all the athletes coming into the building and seeing what they all achieved is truly special. To watch the Olympics and Paralympics and to be even a small part of that movement and to contribute a medal is so special. To walk out with the flag at the closing ceremony was the icing on the cake for me.”

Richardson-Walsh polled sixth in the 16 person shortlist behind winner Andy Murray who took the title for the third time.

Fans of Danny Kerry’s team, we have some very exciting news: England will play a one-off test against old foes the Netherlands in June 2017. All you need to know is right here.